It's the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and yes, Notre Dame is a first-year ACC member for sports other than football.
The Fighting Irish are 5-1. Their game at Iowa will be their first away from South Bend. They have beaten Miami (Ohio), Stetson, Santa Clara, Army and Cornell. They lost to Indiana State on Nov. 17, 83-70.
The Irish rely on Grant and Sherman. No, not Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman. The Civil War is long over, and they're long dead.
Rather, senior guard Jerian Grant and senior center Garrick Sherman. Grant is a 6-5 guard who averages 19.5 points and 5.5 assists. Sherman is a 6-11 center averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Notre Dame is a guards' team. The top three scorers are Grant and guards Eric Atkins and Pat Connaughton, although the latter is a swingman who averages 6.7 rebounds. Atkins averages 5.2 assists and 14 points. Atkins and Grant are both from Maryland.
Mike Brey is the Irish's coach. If you want to read the longest bio of a college basketball coach on the Internet, click here for Brey's at Notre Dame's Web site.
Brey is in his 14th year at Notre Dame. He has 13 winning seasons, nine NCAA tournament appearances, and seven straight seasons of at least 21 wins. His Big East record at Notre Dame was 136-79. That, folks, is a very good record in a league that was very good in basketball.